Published: Sun, December 31, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

More Than 40 Dead After Explosions In Afghanistan's Capital

More Than 40 Dead After Explosions In Afghanistan's Capital

Afghan Voice has Shia links but there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Local media reported an explosion early on Thursday.

U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass said the incident "once again demonstrates the depravity of those who seek to undermine peace and stability in Afghanistan".

At least one suicide bomber was able to sneak into the event and sit among the participants before detonating his device, Shiite leader Abdul Hussain Ramazandada said citing witnesses.

In the assault on Thursday, one suicide bomber managed to enter the Shiite facility, the Tebyan cultural center and religious school, during a group discussion, and he detonated his explosive vest, said Sadiq Muradi, Kabul's deputy police chief. According to Afghan officials, the bombing caused at least 41 deaths and over 80 additional injuries, and the incident was just the latest in a string of violent attacks against Shiite Muslims.

The Taliban have issued a statement saying they were not involved. In August, 31 people were killed in a terrorist attack on a Shiite mosque in Herat, a city close to the Iran border.

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More broadly, the Afghan capital has come under attack several times in 2017.

Then, at least two other nearby explosions followed.

A Shia cultural organization was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit.

"Government officials should stop sacrificing the people for their personal interests, those who are killed are not the sons of ministers and high profile people and not the son of the president; all of the victims are the poor, all those who were present here were coming here for training", said one angry citizen.

He called them attacks against Islam and "all human values".

Security in Afghanistan is rapidly deteriorating following the withdrawal of global forces from the country 3 years ago.

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